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Unread 10-03-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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Lifting the JK

Well it's been a whole 3 days and the dealership called telling me about a new 3" lift for my Rubicon... It's $1800 installed and man it sounds cool. 35" tires would look very sweet under this thing.

My concern is; Would a lift change the road manners drastically? I'm really happy with how my Jeep drives on the road, but I really like the bigger tires and visually the Rubicon looks low to me. Unfortunately I doubt anyone has lifted one of these, so input is probably bleak.

Also, I really want to put a plow on before winter (the main excuse I used for buying it) but in my infinite wisdom, it never occurred to me that it is a brand new model design and no one has a plow for it yet... Crap!!!

So, even if I got a 3" lift and a plow was available. Would it be difficult to put a plow on a lifted Jeep?

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Unread 10-03-2006, 09:54 PM   #2
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It shouldnt be a DRASTIC change. However, it does change. Mainly, you have to just slow down a little bit, and as long as you pick good shocks, it should be good.

BTW, DO IT. I havent seen a lifted JK on the road yet.
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Unread 10-03-2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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you should try and do the pift yourself. I am sure there are plenty of people willing to help, then it would be like getting free tires!
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Unread 10-04-2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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Ive seen 3" lifts for under $500 without install, Im sure you can get it way cheaper than that.
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Unread 10-04-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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Better yet take that 1800 and get some people to help install this....

http://www.northridge4x4.com/proddet...?prod=FTS-7133
Go to northridge4x4.com, there's the cheaper 500 dollar version of the lift as well.

I'm sure people would be willing to help and some people might want to see what would be encountered in lifting one as they're a new design especially if they're thinking about buying one. Post pics when its lifted.
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Also, I really want to put a plow on before winter (the main excuse I used for buying it) but in my infinite wisdom, it never occurred to me that it is a brand new model design and no one has a plow for it yet... Crap!!!
Be sure you know what brand of a lift you are getting, and ask folks around here for advise.

There is a plenty of "show-off special" lifts out there... Not that many of trail worthy ones..
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Well it's been a whole 3 days and the dealership called telling me about a new 3" lift for my Rubicon... It's $1800 installed and man it sounds cool. 35" tires would look very sweet under this thing.

My concern is; Would a lift change the road manners drastically? I'm really happy with how my Jeep drives on the road, but I really like the bigger tires and visually the Rubicon looks low to me. Unfortunately I doubt anyone has lifted one of these, so input is probably bleak.

Also, I really want to put a plow on before winter (the main excuse I used for buying it) but in my infinite wisdom, it never occurred to me that it is a brand new model design and no one has a plow for it yet... Crap!!!

So, even if I got a 3" lift and a plow was available. Would it be difficult to put a plow on a lifted Jeep?

The SnowBear snow plow is a system that custom-mounts the plow to the front of your vehicle. They make the basic plow compatable with every model of vehicle, then the mounting is specific to your vehicle.

If they don't have something for the JK already, I imagine you could use the TJ-style brackets, modify a bit and mount fairly easily.
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or contact a local plow mfg. and see if they want to prototype a plow/mounting system using your Jeep. Most of the time that means a free product.
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Unread 10-04-2006, 03:35 PM   #9
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or contact a local plow mfg. and see if they want to prototype a plow/mounting system using your Jeep. Most of the time that means a free product.
Yeah,

I have a call into SnowWay in Milwaukee hoping they can use my truck. Not sure if I'll hear back from them... I hope so, because so far it's my favorite plow. It only weighs 275lbs and the hydrolics detach with the plow itself. leaving a small bracket/rack attached to the truck.

Otherwise I might be bumming this season...
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Unread 10-04-2006, 03:40 PM   #10
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I'll probably hold off on the lift until a few other guys try it first. I really want the plow more than anything this year.

Sounds like If I supply the brew, I could get a few hands putting on the lift when I decide to do it. I guess, we could get alot of beer and pizza for the $1300 I'd save.
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